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Mutations in the adult human skeletal muscle Na+ channel alpha subunit cause the disease paramyotonia congenita. Two paramyotonia congenita mutations, R1448H and R1448C, substitute histidine and cysteine for arginine in the S4 segment of domain 4. These mutations, expressed in a cell line, have only small effects on the activation of Na+ currents, but(More)
To clarify the role of human papillomavirus (HPV) in penile cancer we evaluated the prevalence of HPV DNA in different histological subtypes of penile carcinoma, dysplasia, and condyloma using a novel, sensitive SPF10 HPV polymerase chain reaction assay and a novel genotyping line probe assay, allowing simultaneous identification of 25 different HPV types.(More)
AIM Thalassaemia is a good candidate disease for control by preventive genetic programmes in developing countries. Accurate population frequency data are needed for planning the control of thalassaemia in the high risk Guangdong Province of southern China. METHODS In total, 13397 consecutive samples from five geographical areas of Guangdong Province were(More)
Tat stimulates human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) transcriptional elongation by recruitment of carboxyl-terminal domain (CTD) kinases to the HIV-1 promoter. Using an immobilized DNA template assay, we have analyzed the effect of Tat on kinase activity during the initiation and elongation phases of HIV-1 transcription. Our results demonstrate that(More)
The enzymatic determination of hydrogen peroxide can be accomplished with high sensitivity and specificity using N-acetyl-3, 7-dihydroxyphenoxazine (Amplex Red), a highly sensitive and chemically stable fluorogenic probe for the enzymatic determination of H2O2. Enzyme-catalyzed oxidation of Amplex Red, which is a colorless and nonfluorescent derivative of(More)
Refractory chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD) is a significant complication resulting from allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) have shown promise for treating refractory cGVHD, but the favorable effects of MSCs therapy in cGVHD are complex and not fully understood. In this prospective clinical(More)
A number of studies have indicated that 8p22–p12 is likely to harbor schizophrenia susceptibility loci. In this region, the candidate gene of interest, neuregulin 1 (NRG1), may play a role in the pathogenesis of schizophrenia. Then in the present study, we performed the linkage disequilibrium to determine the association between three genetic variants(More)
We have shown previously that process-bearing GFAP+ astrocytes freshly isolated from rat hippocampus CA1 and CA3 regions are heterogeneous in ion channel expression and K(+) uptake capabilities, such that two distinct populations of astrocytes can be described (Zhou and Kimelberg, 2000). In the present study, we report that glutamate transporter (GT)(More)
In pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), overexpression of murine double minute 2 (MDM2) protein by leukemic cells is typically associated with a wild-type (wt)-p53 phenotype and chemoresistance. A recently developed small-molecule antagonist of MDM2, nutlin-3, inhibits the MDM2–p53 interaction, resulting in induction of p53 activity and apoptosis.(More)
Receptor dimerization is generally considered to be the primary signaling event upon binding of a growth factor to its receptor at the cell surface. Little, however, is known about the precise molecular details of ligand-induced receptor dimerization, except for studies of the human growth hormone (hGH) receptor. We have analyzed the binding of epidermal(More)